Call for IRG Proposals for MRSEC Renewal

The Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), an NSF MRSEC, is requesting proposals (see RFP) for Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) to participate in its proposal to renew its funding as a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).  Interested teams are encouraged to read the 2019 NSF request for proposals and visit to familiarize themselves with the range and characteristics of successful IRGs. 

CEM Poster Session to Present Interdisciplinary Research Group Proposals

On November 9, 2018 the CEM will sponsor a poster session from 3:00-5:00 PM in Room 4138 in the Physics Research Building . The session will offer prospective IRGs the opportunity to present their proposed science concepts and trans-disciplinary teams in advance of the proposal submission. Prospective IRG teams will also obtain feedback on their proposals and researchers will become familiar with putative teams and identify possible synergies.  Full event information can be found in the RFP, and the required templates are below. 


  • Poster Session to present IRG proposal concepts: Friday, November 9, 2018 (3:00-5:00 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Letters of Intent Due Date: December 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM
  • Proposal Due Date: January 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Technical Contact: P. Chris Hammel,
Administrative Contact: Alison Scott, 

2017 Materials Research Seed Grant Program Awards Announced

We are pleased to announce that after a thorough internal and external review process, awards have been made to fund exceptionally promising, innovative materials research on campus through the 2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program.

The area targeted for 2017 was PROTO-IRGs. Congratulations to:

  • Jinwoo Hwang, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, “Structure, Defects, and Emergent Properties at Magnetic Oxide Interfaces.”
  • Mohit Randeria, Department of Physics, “Spin Textures in Chiral Magnetic Materials.”

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